Sunday, February 13, 2011
Mud Turtle Cake
My birthday is exactly one week before Valentine's Day. Raymond's idea of making Mud Turtle Cupcakes as a whole cake seemed like a great idea.
It took a good long while to bake as a single layer; domed and cracked a bit but settled down nicely. I sliced it in half and layered with the ganache. I wish I had put the caramel between the layers as well. Good to note for next time. Instead I frosted the top, swirled the caramel via a nipped zip lock bag and dusted it with chopped toasted pecans.
The caramel took two tries. The first batch was a bit too amber, though not completely ruined. The second batch turned out better. My eldest granddaughter got the idea to sprinkle it with a bit of sea salt and it was fantastic. Sea salt really does go well with caramel. We played with the "burnt" batch, turning it into candies that tasted like a pecan version of Almond Roca.
Stuffed with candles and lit ablaze, Rose's Mud Turtle cake was delicious.